Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, September 19 2012 at 4:48 PM, Updated: Wed, September 19 2012 at 5:14 PM
Jeld-Wen officials say they have no intention of moving corporate offices out of Klamath Falls...despite published reports to the contrary, however, North Carolina still plays a role in the future of the company.
A story in the 'Oregonian' claims that Jeld-Wen could move their headquarters to North Carolina.
Jeld-Wen Executive Vice-President Ron Saxton says that's not true...
"No, Jeld-Wen headquarters is going to stay in Klamath Falls, where it's been since the company was founded."
Rumors of a Jeld-Wen move have been sparked by sales of controlling shares of stock to the 'Onex' Corporation...
Sales of resort properties including the Running 'Y'...
And the recent resignation of Jeld-Wen Chief Financial Officer Neil Stuart.
"Well, I'm sure that we've all heard the rumors they're expanding their footpring in Charlotte, North Carolina." Notes Klamath County Economic Development Association Director Trey Senn. "And I think that is true."
Ron Saxton confirms that there's been an expansion in the Charlotte area...
"Jeld-Wen's largest customers in the United States are located in the southeast United States - Home Depot, Lowes, and companies like that. And so we've maintained an office back there for some time."
Jeld-Wen employs about 20 thousand people world-wide, and about 1200 in Klamath County.
Executive Director Charles 'Chip' Massie of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce remains optimistic...
'We're hoping that they decide that a lot of folks get to stick around."
But much of that will hinge on how the housing market weathers a tough economy.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.